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Clearaudio Phono Cartridges

Moving Coil, Moving Magnet

Moving Coil

Concept MC  Talisman V2 Concerto V2 Stradivari V2  Da Vinci V2 Titanium V2 Goldfinger Statement

Moving Magnet
Concept V2 Performer V2 Artist V2 Virtuoso V2 Maestro V2

Moving Coil Cartridges

Clearaudio has significantly improved their fully symmetrical moving coil phono cartridge design, first patented in 1980.


They redesigned the generator in a revolutionary way by positioning and doubling the magnets (to 8 pieces) so the coils are operating in a much stronger magnetic field. Furthermore, they have chosen the strongest magnetic material available: super neodymium. Through these achievements, the efficiency has been raised by 30%, which results in an output of up to 0.9 mV at 5cm/sec. All models now utilize the improved V2 generator.


The new Micro-HD Diamond tip provides a hybrid parabolic geometry with a stylus radii of 0.008mm x 0.040mm. The total mass (0.00016 grams) is a fifth of the previous diamond stylus.
Cartridge body resonances, while tracking in the groove, are minimized through the twelve-finger design of the mounting plate, each finger with a different radius. This is the result of our constant research and development.


The v2 moving coil cartridge bodies of the Clearaudio models (Talismann v2 Gold, Concerto v2, Stradivari v2, da Vinci v2, Titanium v2) are made out of the following: titanium, ceramic coated aluminum, Ebony and Satinee wood. The generator construction of the new v2 moving coil cartridge generation is absolutely symmetrical: mechanically, magnetically and electrically, our unique design. All Clearaudio moving coils use their proven 24-karat pure gold coils.
 

A clear breakthrough in analog music reproduction has been achieved with this new moving coil v2 cartridge generation. The new generation is able to reproduce a dynamic range of 100 dB with a frequency response of 10 Hz up to 100KHz.


Concept MC

“… suave sound… airy, relaxed overall sound…” – Michael Fremer, Stereophile Magazine, June 2011

The Concept MC is a low output moving coil cartridge featuring an aluminum-magnesium alloy body; it offers the user a taste of their reference v2 moving coil series at a more moderate price. Its sound is both refined and involving, with classic moving coil inner detail and dynamics.

Equipped with a boron cantilever, the MC concept can channel with deviation less than 0.5 dB, 11 ohm system impedance and "Microline"

  • Stylus:  Microline
  • cantilever: Boron
  • Output Voltage:  0.4 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset:    <0.5 dB
  • Crosstalk:   > 30dB
  • Internal Impedance: 11 Ohms
  • Impedance:  110 Ohms
  • Weight:    8.0 g
  • Crosstalk:   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance:    9/9 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force:    2.0 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body:    Aluminum-magnesium alloy with ceramic coating
  • 2 year warranty

Pricing: $1000.


Talismann V2 Gold
     

“… from the top of the midrange on down this is one beautiful-sounding pickup: it’s got a gorgeous midrange and bottom end, really solid in all senses of the word, superb definition and clarity, and lots of heft and weight.” – Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, May 2013


The new Micro-HD Diamond tip provides a hybrid parabolic geometry with a stylus radii of 0.008mm x 0.040mm. The total mass (0.00016 grams) is a fifth of the previous diamond stylus.


Cartridge body resonances, while tracking in the groove, are minimized through the twelve-finger design of the mounting plate, each finger with a different radius. This is the result of our constant research and development.
 

The v2 moving coil cartridge bodies of the Clearaudio are made out of the following: titanium, ceramic coated aluminum, Ebony and Satinee wood. The generator construction of the new v2 moving coil cartridge generation is absolutely symmetrical: mechanically, magnetically and electrically, our unique design. All Clearaudio moving coils use their proven 24-karat pure gold coils.
 

A clear breakthrough in analog music reproduction has been achieved with this new moving coil v2 cartridge generation. The new generation is able to reproduce a dynamic range of 100 dB with a frequency response of 10 Hz up to 100KHz.

  • Stylus - Micro HD
  • cantilever Boron
  • Output Voltage - 0.5 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset    <0.5 dB
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Impedance -   110 Ohms
  • Weight    10.8 g
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance  15/15 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force    2.8 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body    Hand Polished Ebony
  • 2 year warranty

Pricing: $1750.


Concerto V2
  • Stylus - Micro HD
  • cantilever Boron
  • Output Voltage - 0.6 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset    <0.6 dB
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Impedance -   110 Ohms
  • Weight    7 g
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance  15/15 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force    2.8 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body    Satiné wood with Metallintarsie
  • 2 year warranty
Pricing: $2750.

Stradivari V2
  • Stylus - Micro HD
  • cantilever Boron
  • Output Voltage - 0.6 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset    <0.6 dB
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Internal Impedance -   50 Ohms
  • Impedance -   300 Ohms
  • Weight    7 g
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance  15/15 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force    2.8 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body    Satiné wood with Metallintarsie
  • 2 year warranty

Pricing: $3750.

   
Da Vinci V2

www.Hifiplus.com - Roy Gregory. Mar 07, 2014

"Enter the Da Vinci V2, a relative steal at less than half the price of the Goldfinger. Housed in a bright red, aluminum body with the same sea anemone shaped, 12-fingered top-plate as its big brother, it sits two models below the flagship, but shares many of the same features. That means it employs the same boron cantilever and Micro HD stylus profile, the same balanced generator topology with its ring of magnets and gold coil wire, the same healthy output and moderate compliance. What it gives away to the flagship is the solid gold body, the use of eight magnets instead of 12, together with slightly heavier coil wire. It also gives away 10g of deadweight, making it a whole lot more manageable at 7.0g – which combined with its 15cu compliance make it broadly compatible with most modern tonearms.

The Clearaudio simply resolves more information and presents it more meaningfully. It sounds more like the original event, making it far easier for you to enjoy. Because it’s so adept at delivering musical energy, it thrives on dynamic demands, whether they come in the insistent shape of the rock solid drumming behind early Elvis Costello, or the more measured edifice of a Shostakovich symphonic crescendo.

The Da Vinci V2 is sufficiently near the top of the cartridge tree to give you a well-balanced slice of all those attributes. But it also has its own character. It’s big and bold and wants to get on with things. It delivers real energy but succeeds in harnessing it to the shape and structure of the music, staying just the right side of excitable. But what makes it really special is the way it lets music and musicians breathe, placing you closer to the performance. Just like the Goldfinger, it emphasizes what’s on the record rather than the record itself – or the system playing it. As I said, the similarities between these two cartridges are more important than the differences, but the Da Vinci V2 is way, way more than just a Goldfinger-lite. It might be pricey, but its musical performance more than justifies that price, underlining just why people continue to buy expensive cartridges. A really good record player still defines the audio state-of-the-art; if that’s your aim then the Clearaudio Da Vinci V2 won’t disappoint.
 

“… a superlative all-around performer that will repay you with years of musical pleasure. Highly recommended!” – Dick Olsher, Enjoy the Music, April 2013

“If you’ve been craving the perfect fusion of dynamics and fine detail, the Clearaudio da Vinci v2 is the cartridge for you.” – TONEAudio

  • Stylus - Micro HD
  • cantilever Boron
  • Output Voltage - 0.6 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset    <0.6 dB
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Internal Impedance -   50 Ohms
  • Impedance -   300 Ohms
  • Weight    7 g
  • Crosstalk   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance  15/15 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force    2.8 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body    Aluminum body with ceramic coating
  • 2 year warranty

Pricing: $5500.


Titanium V2

“… tracks beautifully… added new layers of musical detail to my front-end setup…” –  Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, December 2008

  • Stylus: Micro HD
  • cantilever: Boron
  • Output Voltage: - 0.6 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset:    <0.6 dB
  • Crosstalk:   > 30dB
  • Internal Impedance:  50 Ohms
  • Impedance:    300 Ohms
  • Weight:   9 g
  • Crosstalk:   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance:  15/15 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force:    2.8 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body:  Titanium
  • Warranty 2 years

Pricing: $8000.


Goldfinger Statement

“One of the best moving-could cartridges yet, with outstanding tracing and tracking.” – The Absolute Sound 40th Anniversary Issue, Top 100 Products 1973-2013 as selected by TAS writing team, July 2013


“Simply the best…” – The Absolute Sound Editors Choice Awards, 2013

SPECS:

  • Stylus: Micro HD
  • cantilever: Boron
  • Output Voltage: - 0.7 mV at 5 cm / s
  • Chanel Offset:    <0.6 dB
  • Crosstalk:   > 30dB
  • Internal Impedance:  50 Ohms
  • Impedance:    500 Ohms
  • Weight:   16 g
  • Crosstalk:   > 30dB
  • Needle Compliance:  15/15 μ / mN
  • Recommended Tracking Force:    2.8 g (± 0.2 g)
  • Body:  14 Karat Gold
  • Warranty 2 years

Pricing: $15,000.